Exercise just as good as drugs in war on major disease

Exercise could be as effective as some of the best drugs which protect against major diseases, research has found.

A study of more than 300 trials has found that physical activity was better than medication in helping patients recovering from strokes – and just as good as drugs in protecting against diabetes and in stopping heart disease worsening.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, analyzed data about studies on 340,000 patients diagnosed with one of four diseases:  heart disease, chronic heart failure, stroke or diabetes.



Cancer patients who exercise could HALVE their risk of death, claims study

We all know exercise is good for us but now scientists have found that physical exercise significantly increases the life expectancy of cancer survivors.

Men who beat cancer and who burned more than 12,600 kilojoules or 3,011 calories a week exercising, almost halved their risk of death, a new study found.

The research supports a previous study that found the most physically active cancer survivors are much less likely to die of cancer and heart disease.


Running too hard? Light jogging linked with living longer

Comments:  21st century research reveals that any exercise with long-term health benefits must be attained through nose breathing, not through the mouth. This study is another one pointing in that direction, though it is unaware of the greater findings. Heavy mouth breathing and expanding the chest (as opposed to nose inhalation and diaphragmatic breathing) induce large oxygen molecules that damage the lung alveoli, arteries and vessels to the heart and beyond, as well as the heart. Though there are short-term benefits to rigorous exercise, long-term damage is ensured.

There’s good news for those who adhere to the “slow and steady wins the race” adage: A light jog a few times a week may help you live longer, a new study from Denmark suggests. In contrast, running too hard may have drawbacks, the study found.

The analysis showed that light joggers were about 78 percent less likely to die over the 12-year study than those who were sedentary. “Light joggers” were defined as those who ran at a speed of about 5 mph (8 km/h) a few times a week, for less than 2.5 hours per week total.


Resveratrol may hinder effects of exercise, study suggests

Resveratrol, a compound in red wine, has been heralded in past studies for health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and slashing heart disease risk. But one of its supposed perks— enhancing the effects of exercise— has been challenged in new research.

According to a small study published in the November 2014 issue of the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, resveratrol (RSV) may impede the body’s response to physical training.

“The easiest way to experience the benefits of physical activity is to be physically active,” Dr. Brendon Gurd, a kinesiology and health studies professor at Queen’s University in Canada, said in a news release. “The efficacy of RSV at improving metabolic and
cardiovascular functions is not as profound as once thought.”


Sitting comfortably? You won’t be after reading this: Cankles, constipation and even ‘brain fog’ – why we should all try to spend a lot less time on our bottoms

With many of us chained to a desk for hours a day before heading home to slump in front of the telly, we’re spending much of our time on our bottoms.

And it’s having an impact on our health, a growing body of evidence suggests.

Last month, for instance, it emerged that spending an extra hour sitting a day (for 13, rather than 12, hours) is linked to a 50 per
cent greater risk of being disabled. And this was regardless of whether the participants – all over 60 – also did moderate exercise,
according to the U.S. study published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.


Too Much Running Linked To Shorter Lifespans

Going for runs on a regular basis has been linked to a multitude of health benefits in countless research studies, but recent research suggests that too much running is tied to a shorter lifespan.  HealthDay reports the study results revealed on Sunday by Dr. Martin Matsumura, co-director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Lehigh Valley Health Network, found that people who get no exercise along with people considered high-mileage runners both have shorter lifespans than those considered to be running an average amount –  although the researchers note that the reasons are still somewhat unclear.

“Our study didn’t find any differences that could explain these longevity differences,” Dr. Martin Matsumura told HealthDay. “What we still don’t understand is defining the optimal dose of running for health and longevity.


Taking a walk ‘makes your brain grow’: Energetic stroll three times a week can increase size of organ’s memory hub

We know all about the upsides of fresh air and a bit of scenery – but according to a study, going for a walk could also make your brain grow.  Researchers found that an energetic stroll three times a week increased the size of the hippocampus, the brain’s memory hub, which is one of the first areas to be destroyed by Alzheimer’s disease.


The exercise that predicts your DEATH: Struggling with ‘sitting-rising means you’re 5 times more likely to die early

The simple exercise of sitting down and standing up again without holding onto anything, could suggest how long you have to live.  This is the belief of a group of physicians, who came up with the ‘sitting-rising test’ to measure their patients’ flexibility and strength.  They developed a scoring system for the test and found that people who scored three points or less out of 10, were more than five times as likely to die within six years, as those who scored more than eight


The weird way your personality can increase your Alzheimer’s risk

We’ve all had the experience of getting stuck in a negative frame of mind. But if it’s a regular thing for you, well, here’s something that might motivate you to break the habit: A new study shows that women who are constantly anxious and distressed are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

A nearly 40-year study recently published by the American Academy of Neurology finds that women who scored highest on the neuroticism scale–which measures the tendency to feel easily stressed, anxious, jealous, guilty, and depressed–were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease compared to those who scored lowest. Apparently, these psychological stressors release stress hormones in the body and can affect structures in the brain that are connected to Alzheimer’s disease.


Sitting will kill you, even if you exercise

One of your favorite activities may actually be killing you.

Our entire modern world is constructed to keep you sitting down. When we drive, we sit. When we work at an office, we sit. When we watch TV,  well, you get the picture.

And yet, a new study that’s running in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that this kind of sedentary behavior increases our chances of getting a disease or a condition that will kill us prematurely, even if we exercise.